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Jack Straws will be Northern Irelands only board game cafe, located in Belfast!
Local food, Coffee, BYO, Play Games & have Fun!
Jack Straws will be Northern Irelands only board game cafe, located in Belfast! Local food, Coffee, BYO, Play Games & have Fun!
171 backers pledged £12,650 to help bring this project to life.

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HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?


You are not being asked for a donation.

We have an idea. If you like it, you might want to pay to make it a reality.

Jack Straws is the idea; not a café, a board game café! To find out what that means in detail, check out the video above!

This is how it works. First, if you want to, you make a pledge. If the campaign is successful then you will be able to claim a reward based on how much you pledged.
The campaign will be successful if we get enough pledges to meet the target. Then (and only then) the backers will have their pledges debited and receive their rewards.

If the campaign is not successful then no one is debited!

We have every faith that this project will work  and make many happy memories amongst friends and family.  

THE PLAN

The business model we are working on will involve substantial outlay. We want this café to be a popular social hub and so are investing a lot in the cafes appearance to maximize the enjoyment for each individual. We want everyone to feel comfortable coming and having a night of fun, from whether you have never played a board game before to having played many.

We envision a rustic café, seating around 50 people, comfy booths to enhance your gaming experience, BYO, good quality coffee, and locally produced food platters, ice-cream and tray bakes.

We have covered most of the considerable fit out and building costs, however to fund the remaining fit out, supply the best selection of games, a top class coffee machine for your satisfaction and striking décor we need your pledges!  The money we hope to raise through kick-starter is an important portion of the substantial outlay required for this project. Every pledge makes a difference!

Our plan involves having at least 6 enthusiastic employees, including our full time managing director on the floor at all times to ensure you have the ability to get help with the game you have selected when needed. Trained baristas will ensure you enjoy your coffee while you play!

The initial opening hours will be 2pm-11pm Monday- Saturday, however this can be adapted according to demand.
 
Floor plans and fit out plans will be available soon! Watch this space!
 

WHY A BOARD GAME CAFE?

We are raising funds on kickstarter to help make our dream a reality. Board games provide so much fun and interaction that has recently been lost in a society increasingly dominated by multimedia. I grew up with family board game nights and have wonderful memories of the laughter and enjoyment they brought. Since I got married, we now host board game nights in our house once or twice a week. 

We want to provide a comfortable, fun environment where groups of friends or family's can come together, drink coffee and select and learn a game from a collection of over 300 board games. We will continually update and increase our stock, so there will always be a reason to come back for more!

Board game cafes are becoming popular all over the world yet Belfast doesn't have one. We want to change that!

HOW WILL THE CAFE WORK?

The vast variety of board games that have now been produced means there is something for everyone. We will have dedicated, friendly staff who will meet with you when you first arrive at the cafe. They will ask about your board game experience and judge from your answer which game would be appropriate for you. They will sit with you and teach you how to play and then will be available to serve you food and drinks and answer any questions you have throughout your time in Jack Straws.

You can book a table online or by phone or come on down to the cafe. It is £4.50 for a 2 hour gaming session for an adult and £3.50 for children, pensioners or groups over 10. The 2 hour rule applies if the cafe is very busy, otherwise you are free to play on as long as you like!

You can purchase a membership for the year at £20 and this will get you your gaming session for £3.50 every time.

We also plan to host workshop nights where we will advertise a game and anyone that wants to learn and meet new people to play the game with can come along to our dedicated evenings.

We will have a private function room that can be hired out for groups and parties with dedicated staff ready to teach you games and serve you food and drinks.

We will also run tournament days and evenings for different games throughout the year. 

HOW CAN WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?

We have put a lot of work and planning into this project already. We started plans in July 2015 and now need to pull together some final funding to bring this dream to life. 

With your help, we plan to open in East Belfast, hopefully by October.

TIMELINE OF EVENTS

July 2015  

I had heard of board game cafes before, but my first experience came in July last year when I visited a very popular Board Game Café in London. I fell in the love with the place and the plans began! I knew if Belfast had something similar I would be there all the time!  

July 2015- January 2016  

We put together our business plan, did our research and made the big decision to take on this adventure!  

January 2016- May 2016  

The search for the ideal premises began  

June 2016  

We found the premises we want, and negotiations started  

19th July 2016  

Kickstarter Launched  

If we're successful and everything goes to plan here's how the timeline of events will progress:  

August 2016  

We will update you with floor plans and the interior plan of the premises

28th August 2016  

Kickstarter Campaign Finishes  

11th September  

Final Funds transferred to Jack Straws Ltd  

12th September  

Fit out Begins  

1st week of October  

Jack Straws Board Game Café is Open!!!!

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STRETCH GOALS

Stretch goals If our funding goal is exceeded, the following stretch goals will be applied;    

£15,000- We can add another 150 games to our board game library.

£18,000- We can add a luxury Aspinal of London Monopoly and luxury apsinal of london scrabble board to our cafes collection. 

Risks and challenges

Every project has its challenges. Our main risk, like any new shop opening will be delays in shop fitting and construction required prior to opening.

We will keep all our backers informed of our progress and any change to our aim of opening September 2016!

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    Pledge £5 or more About $7

    Thank You!

    As a thanks for your support your name will be included on our website, naming and thanking all of our backers!

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Your name on our cafe plaque

    Your name will be displayed on a plaque/Board in our café as a permanent fixture to show our gratitude to all of our original Kickstarter supporters

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Free Gaming session and coffee

    If you pledge £20 you will get a Free Gaming session and a coffee/equivalent Opening week!

    And your name displayed on our plaque of supporters

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    Pledge £30 or more About $40

    Coffee Mug and Gaming Session

    You will receive a Jack Straws Coffee Mug and a free gaming session on your first visit to the café.

    And your name displayed on our plaque of supporters

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    Pledge £50 or more About $66

    1 Year Membership

    If you pledge £50 you will receive a 1 Year membership (£3.50 sessions).

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    Sponsor a board game.

    We'll have a dedicated message on the inside of a board game box of your choice, thanking you personally for your support.

    Ideal if you want us to stock a game that we might have overlooked!

    And your name displayed on our plaque of supporters

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    Pledge £100 or more About $132

    Membership and extras

    1 Year Membership (£3.50 sessions), A mug to pick up on your first visit and free gaming sessions during our opening month.

    And your name will be displayed on our plaque of supporters!

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    Pledge £500 or more About $661

    Private function room

    Reserve our private function room for up to 4 hours for 15 people with staff available to teach you the games.
    Ideal for team building events!

    And your name will be displayed on our plaque of supporters!

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,323

    Lifetime of free Gaming

    To show our eternal gratitude we will offer free Gaming sessions for the entire life of Jack Straws! Never pay a gaming fee!

    And your name will be displayed on our plaque of supporters!

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Funding period

- (40 days)